Various artists album review
Ska After Ska After Ska
19 - 04 - 1998
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
Arthur S. 'Duke,' or 'The Trojan' Reid, proprietor of the Duke Reid, Duchess and Treasure Isle labels, is the producer of the ska classics found on this latest HeartBeat release. Duke Reid seriously took up record production in 1962, scoring ska hits galore with the likes of Stranger Cole, The Techniques, Justin Hinds, Eric 'Monty' Morris, The Skatalites and Don Drummond. Throughout the sixties the hits poured out of Reid's Treasure Isle studio, situated above his Orange Street liquor store. |
On this release HeartBeat presents a mixed collection of ska hits, scorchers and some unreleased tracks. The Techniques (lead vocals Slim Smith) are present with one of their earliest releases, the popular 'When you are wrong', Don Drummond contributes two classic tracks recorded with the Skatalites, and he also reels off a mesmerizing solo on the immortal 'Carry go bring come' which was the biggest hit by Reid's most prolific hitmakers, Justin Hinds and The Dominoes. Trumpeter Babba Brooks best known track, 'Guns Fever' is accompanied by the vibrant 'Nuclear Weapon'. The Silvertones deliver two smashes, 'True Confession' and 'It's Real', and Stranger Cole's first hits for Reid are here too. Both tracks are decorated by the alto sax stylings of Lester Sterling.
'Ska after aka after ska' is a reissue of a classic piece of ska nostalgia, featuring some of Duke Reid's finest releases from the early sixties. It's an infectious cd that will not fail to capture the heart of every reggae fan.